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The Resource Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey

Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey

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Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion
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Evolving brains, emerging gods
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early humans and the origins of religion
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E. Fuller Torrey
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Early humans and the origins of religion
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eng
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"Religions and mythologies from around the world teach that God or gods created humans. Atheist, humanist, and materialist critics, meanwhile, have attempted to turn theology on its head, claiming that religion is a human invention. In this book, E. Fuller Torrey draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to propose a startling answer to the ultimate question. Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain, arguing that religious belief is a by-product of evolution. Based on an idea originally proposed by Charles Darwin, Torrey marshals evidence that the emergence of gods was an incidental consequence of several evolutionary factors. Using data ranging from ancient skulls and artifacts to brain imaging, primatology, and child development studies, this book traces how new cognitive abilities gave rise to new behaviors. For instance, autobiographical memory, the ability to project ourselves backward and forward in time, gave Homo sapiens a competitive advantage. However, it also led to comprehension of mortality, spurring belief in an alternative to death. Torrey details the neurobiological sequence that explains why the gods appeared when they did, connecting archaeological findings including clothing, art, farming, and urbanization to cognitive developments. This book does not dismiss belief but rather presents religious belief as an inevitable outcome of brain evolution. Providing clear and accessible explanations of evolutionary neuroscience, Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods will shed new light on the mechanics of our deepest mysteries."--Book jacket
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1937-
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Torrey, E. Fuller
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illustrations
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index present
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BL51
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.T6155 2017
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non fiction
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  • Religion
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Brain
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Brain
  • Religion
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Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-277) and index
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Introduction: The brain, home of the gods -- Part 1. The making of the gods : Homo habilis: a smarter self ; Homo erectus: an aware self ; Archaic Homo sapiens (Neandertals): an empathic self ; Early Homo sapiens: an introspective self ; Modern Homo sapiens: a temporal self -- Part 2. The emergence of the gods. : Ancestors and agriculture: a spiritual self ; Governments and gods: a theistic self ; Other theories of the origins of gods -- Appendix A: The evolution of the brain -- Appendix B: Dreams as proof of the existence of a spirit world and land of the dead
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987657068
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24 cm
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xv, 291 pages
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9780231183369
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2017010259
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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99973453885
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illustrations
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14441489
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(OCoLC)987657068
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Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-277) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The brain, home of the gods -- Part 1. The making of the gods : Homo habilis: a smarter self ; Homo erectus: an aware self ; Archaic Homo sapiens (Neandertals): an empathic self ; Early Homo sapiens: an introspective self ; Modern Homo sapiens: a temporal self -- Part 2. The emergence of the gods. : Ancestors and agriculture: a spiritual self ; Governments and gods: a theistic self ; Other theories of the origins of gods -- Appendix A: The evolution of the brain -- Appendix B: Dreams as proof of the existence of a spirit world and land of the dead
Control code
987657068
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 291 pages
Isbn
9780231183369
Lccn
2017010259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99973453885
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
14441489
System control number
(OCoLC)987657068

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